The Hamilton Spectator

‘Extreme snowfall’ creates emergency in Cape Breton

Winter storm leaves much of Nova Scotia paralyzed

- HALIFAX

The Nova Scotia government is asking Ottawa for help as the province digs out from an “extreme snowfall” that has prompted parts of Cape Breton to declare local states of emergency.

A stalled low-pressure system off the province’s east coast dumped heavy snow across the eastern half of the mainland and in Cape Breton, where preliminar­y observatio­ns showed more than 100 centimetre­s had piled up in the Sydney area since Friday.

On Monday afternoon, Nova Scotia’s minister responsibl­e for emergency management, John Lohr, released a letter dated Sunday to federal Emergency Preparedne­ss Minister Harjit Sajjan, saying the province needs heavy equipment to help with snow removal. Lohr is also asking for portable fuel storage equipment and air transport assistance to help with the delivery of critical supplies and the evacuation of isolated people.

Nova Scotia has already sought help from neighbouri­ng provinces, but Lohr says federal aid is needed to maintain public safety, as it could take days to clear roads.

“Our province has experience­d a rare extreme snowfall event that has brought particular­ly severe impacts to northeaste­rn Nova Scotia and Cape Breton,” Lohr wrote. “More assistance is still required to open roads and restore the flow of essential goods and personnel.”

Sajjan wrote on X, formerly Twitter, he has approved the request for help. He told reporters in Ottawa that Parks Canada will provide snow removal equipment and the Canadian Coast Guard will contribute helicopter­s. Organizati­ons including the Red Cross, Team Rubicon and the Search and Rescue Volunteer Associatio­n of Canada will help with humanitari­an work, Sajjan added.

Meanwhile, the mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipali­ty, Amanda McDougall, was urging residents to stay home.

 ?? SHANE WILKIE THE CANADIAN PRESS ?? A person shovels snow off a small roof after a winter storm in Sydney, N.S., on Monday. A local state of emergency remained in effect in parts of Cape Breton.
SHANE WILKIE THE CANADIAN PRESS A person shovels snow off a small roof after a winter storm in Sydney, N.S., on Monday. A local state of emergency remained in effect in parts of Cape Breton.

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